Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to movies: fandango

B movie

A (generally low-budget) film usually considered to be of inferior quality, so called because such films were originally shown along with popular (or "A") movies as part of a theater's "double feature." Yeah, I know it's just a stupid B movie, but I still love it.
See also: movie

popcorn movie

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. A: "So what movie do you want to go see later?" B: "I don't feel like watching anything too heavy or complex—let's just see whatever popcorn movie is out."
See also: movie, popcorn

snuff movie

A film that shows the actual murder or death of a person. Although snuff movies are illegal, they are still widely circulated on the black market.
See also: movie, snuff

tentpole movie

A film with a very large budget and production value that is meant to provide substantial revenue to the production company. Big blockbusters used to be quite the rare cinematic event, but we've gotten to the point now where there's a tentpole movie coming out nearly every weekend of the year.
See also: movie, tentpole
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


n. a case of diarrhea. (Because it keeps you on the move, going to the john.) A case of the movies kept me going all night.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

B movie

The low-budget second part of a movie theater's double feature. Back in the days of double features, movie houses showed two very distinct types of films. A movies were the hits—“Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane,” “The Wizard of Oz”—the ones that drew patrons to the movie houses. Then there were Westerns, horror flicks, and science fiction movies that didn't cost very much to make (they were often in black-and-white). These B movies tended to be shown before the main feature; otherwise, people would leave after the A picture and then feel they hadn't gotten their admission money's worth. As double features disappeared and the cost of filmmaking grew, the curtain went down on the B movie genre.
See also: movie
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
The latest poll shows that senior citizens are significantly less likely than younger Americans to go to the movies in the theater.
In line with recent "viewer response" research, the book provides significant insights into the ways that children absorb movies and make use of themes, narratives, and characters in their play.
We in the faith community are compelled first to understand and articulate our own values and then to watch the movies and TV shows that are products of our culture.
In response to infuriated Catholics, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting did a sudden turnaround in its rating for the movie. Originally rated "L (limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling), the USCCB has reclassified the movie to O--morally offensive.
Marty Scorsese, who had seen a couple of my first movies, was very intrigued by them, and wanted to meet me, but was afraid.
In effect, the movies send the message that science will always save the day.
Outside the classroom, the "Science in the Cinema" film festival sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., is a long-running example of presenting scientific ideas to people via movies. "The idea [behind the film festival] is to place the public in a situation where they're receptive to science," says Brace A.
But now, in an unanticipated bonanza, we have been witnessing through the good offices of Celestial Pictures in Hong Kong a flood of digitally restored items from the Shaw Brothers catalogue, with the promise of many more to come: The library amounts to some eight hundred movies. These reissues as they proceed over the coming years promise to expand drastically our sense of the generic and stylistic range of Hong Kong filmmaking.
There are any number of other equally destructive social lessons taught by movies that need to be addressed.
* Make sure that your grounds are not like those portrayed in these movies. Many of you will likely be insulted by this statement, but the truth is that there are camps that allow broken windows and screens to remain unfixed, hornets nests in bunk areas, and garbage to be strewn everywhere.
Smoke Free Movies says that young people who watch stars smoke are more likely to take up the deadly habit themselves.
The selection of possible meanings to be excluded or included is always ideological, and when it comes to Jesus movies, always a matter of controversy.
Almost everybody in the world love movies. They make us cry, laugh, happy, sad, excited, and are entertaining.
Best Costume Designer Movie or TV Series (Yolanda Okereke)
'Aking Ligaya' (from the movie Deadma Walking) - composed by Eric Cabahug, arranged by Khalil Refuerzo, interpreted by Ahbby Sumaoang